Colin's peer journey
I joined Penumbra Mental Health in April 2022, after working in retail for over thirty years. Changing jobs was going to be a massive step for me, but having a passion for raising awareness in mental health – with blogs and social media posts, it was something I felt strongly about, and with the feeling of feeling undervalued and overwhelmed in retail – it was something I really needed.
I’ve suffered from poor mental health in my life from a young age. Depression and anxiety were constant, and past trauma had given me suicidal thoughts and triggers.
My relationships with the people I support are built on trust.
I’ve worked as a Peer Navigator and Peer Support Worker for nearly a year now – and what I can say is it has changed my life for the best in so many ways. It’s the happiest I’ve been in my life. I’m work fulfilled but really don’t class my role as a job; I finish on a Friday happy – and wake up on a Monday happy to be seeing the people I support again. That’s an amazing feeling.
My relationships with the people I support are built on trust, being kind and empathetic, and being a good listener. What I find amazing is when you get a good outcome and it helps that person on their journey.
Huge thanks to Colin for sharing his experience and for giving up his Saturday to attend a local fundraising event, organised by a group of students who sadly lost their friend to suicide.
Here’s information on how you can get involved in fundraising: penumbra.org.uk/fundraising